Verbatim: Apr. 9, 2007

'I express my sympathy toward the comfort women and apologize for the situation they found themselves in.'

SHINZO ABE, Japanese Prime Minister, referring to World War II--era sex slaves, in his most vocal apology since he came under fire in early March for saying there was no evidence that the Japanese military coerced women in occupied nations into sexual services during World War II

'The Viking days are gone.'

CARL BILDT, Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Prime Minister of Sweden, which is involved in a diplomatic row with Cuba after Bildt criticized Cuba's human-rights record recently; a Cuban representative shot...

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